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Grant may increase number of construction jobs in Connecticut

Posted on August 2, 2017

A new grant for the state’s infrastructure may go towards increasing the number of construction jobs in Connecticut.

The Connecticut Department of Housing (DOH) said that $11.5 million is being awarded to 20 municipalities in Connecticut to provide upgrades and improvements to the state’s small town infrastructure.

Awarded under the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Small Cities program, which is administered by DOH with funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the grants are awarded to small towns that have a population below 50,000 residents and will advance projects that develop and preserve affordable housing, provide services to the most vulnerable residents in their communities, and also create and retain jobs.

In addition, the Governor and other federal, state, and local officials and housing advocates today participated in an event in Hartford hosted by the Connecticut Housing Coalition urging the Trump administration to reconsider drastic cuts that have been proposed for this and other housing programs in the federal budget, which have been utilized in Connecticut in recent years to make a major impact on preventing and ending homelessness, as well as increasing the stock of affordable housing across the state.

“If the federal budget is enacted as proposed, it would have a drastic impact on this and other housing programs, impacting so many individuals who rely on this funding for safe and affordable housing,” Governor Malloy said. “In Connecticut, we’ve taken drastic steps in recent years to increase access to permanent housing, specifically focusing on veterans who have faced homelessness and those who have been chronically homeless. And – with homelessness in Connecticut currently at a record low – our efforts are showing real results, but we cannot stop. We must raise our voices to protect and expand access to decent, accessible, and affordable homes – the future of our communities depend on it.”

Since 2011, DOH and the Connecticut Housing Finance Authority have funded nearly 21,000 units of housing across the state. This amounts to over one billion dollars of investment and is leveraged with another $2.5 billion in investments from the private sector and other sources. Under the Malloy administration, the rapid expansion of affordable housing has been a priority. In 2013, Governor Malloy created DOH, recognizing the need to reverse the nearly three decades of disinvestment in housing development that took place under the three previous gubernatorial administrations.

“Time and time again, Connecticut has shown the value of expanding access to affordable housing and bringing about an end to homelessness,” Commissioner Klein said. “Under the Malloy administration, Connecticut is a recognized national leader on housing matters. As a state, we are doing our part to ensure that any incidence of homelessness is brief, rare, and nonrecurring. Our federal resources are an essential part of the historic progress that we have made. These dollars must be preserved. The stability that comes from having a permanent roof over your head has as much of a social impact as it does an economic one.”

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